Title /blog/category/northampton/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:11:56 -0500 Shop Local this Small Business Saturday in Western Massachusetts https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/22/shop-local-this-small-business-saturday-in-western-massachusetts/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/shop%20small.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 200px;">Living in Western Massachusetts, we are surrounded by tons of small, <strong>locally-owned businesses</strong>. It is easy to regularly <strong>shop local</strong> and support small businesses. However, this Saturday, November 25, is a particularly special time to visit these stores, since it is <a href="https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-initiatives/small-business-saturday" target="_blank">Small Business Saturday</a>, a national shopping holiday. You can finish all of your <strong>holiday shopping</strong>, while supporting our local economy.</p> <h3>Here a few stores that I highly recommend for Small Business Saturday:</h3> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/WilsonsDepartmentStore/" target="_blank">Wilson&rsquo;s Department Store</a>: Wilson&rsquo;s has been a fixture on Main Street in downtown Greenfield for over 125 years. It is one of few family-owned department stores left in the country and boasts 4 floors of name-brand merchandise.</p> <p><a href="https://greenfieldfarmerscoop.com/" target="_blank">Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange</a>: Located on High Street in Greenfield, the Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange sells thousands of products for the home, farm, garden, pets, and more. Over 800 farmers comprise the co-op, which is almost 100 years old!</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Shelburne-Farm-Garden-283827791676515/" target="_blank">Shelburne Farm &amp; Garden</a>: Shelburne Farm &amp; Garden is another great store for finding home, garden, and pet supplies. It is located on the Mohawk Trail/Route 2, close to the village of Shelburne Falls. Check out their end of fall specials and other deals for the holiday season.</p> <p><a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-outlet-store-greenfield" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/downtown%20greenfield.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 269px;">The Outlet Store</a>: The Outlet Store on Chapman Street in Greenfield is the go-to spot for work shirts, boots, Carhartt brand clothing, and other heavy duty outdoor and work attire. It&rsquo;s a small store with friendly staff who will help you find anything you&rsquo;re looking for. Plus, the prices are very reasonable.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/salmonfallsgallery1/" target="_blank">Salmon Falls Gallery</a>: Up on the hill, overlooking Shelburne Falls and the Deerfield River, Salmon Falls Gallery represents over 100 local artists. Owned by local glassblower, Josh Simpson, the gallery has rotating exhibits, so there is always something new to see. You will be sure to find something special for a loved one or yourself, since there is such a wide range of art; woodwork, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, and more.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ShelburneArtsCooperative/?hc_ref=ARTvYZ24-euKMaDv4K6a31UqqoGG3lrJd6kBUn8LEDafkohs8D9cDgw3jMRWETy-72s" target="_blank">Shelburne Arts Co-op</a>: The Shelburne Arts Co-op is another great source of fine crafts and art in Shelburne Falls. The Co-op has been owned and operated by local artists since 1998, who are ready to help you find something special.</p> <p>To find more local small businesses in the area, type in your location on the <a href="https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/maps/near=Greenfield,MA,01301/cl=42.587915,-72.59941040000001?linknav=us-open-shopsmall-globalheader-map&amp;lang=en-US" target="_blank">Shop Small Map</a>. Happy shopping!</p> Holiday Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Shelburne Falls northampton Greenfield Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:11:56 -0500 Attractive Contemporary Style Ranch- Ready for Move In! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/10/26/attractive-contemporary-style-ranch-ready-for-move-in/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/houseangleview.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 225px; float: right;">Come take a look at this attractive contemporary style Ranch that is available for you to move in and enjoy just in time for the holiday season. It is immaculate and many expensive updates have been done including a new heating system, roof, gutters, kitchen, Pergo flooring, deck and more. You will love the spacious floor plan that features a new kitchen with granite counter tops, new stainless steel appliances and a skylight. In addition it has a dining area with sliding glass doors to the new deck, large living area, master suite with full bath and washer &amp; dryer hookup, 2 additional bedrooms and full bath, freshly sanded wood floors and a front porch. There is a full basement that is neat as a pin with high ceilings providing the perfect space to finish for additional living space. Nicely sited on 2 acres and located across the road from Petticoat Hill Reservation with 60 acres where you can hike, cross country ski and snowshoe! Only 20 min to Northampton!!</p> <p>Contact Wanda today for a viewing: 413-768-9848 or wanda@wandamooney.com.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72236503/100-petticoat-hill-road-williamsburg-ma/" target="_blank">View the full listing here!</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/house.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 150px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/kitchen.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 153px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/dining%20room.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 151px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/hallway.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 148px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bedroom.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 151px;"></p> Second Home House For Sale Contemporary Hampshire County Pioneer Valley coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass walking trails woods First Time Home Buyer northampton Single Level Living Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:10:45 -0400 One Long Weekend, Two Fabulous Festivals https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/10/06/one-long-weekend-two-fabulous-festivals/ <p>This Columbus Weekend, the Pioneer Valley will host two popular festivals. On Saturday, October 7 through Monday, October 9, the Paradise City Arts Festival will take place at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. Meanwhile, only 30 minutes Northwest of Northampton, Ashfield will host its Fall Festival on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 up and down Ashfield&rsquo;s Main Street.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/paradise%20city%20arts.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 225px; height: 159px;"></p> <p>Founded by two artists 23 years ago, the Paradise City Arts Festival now fills up three buildings, an outdoor sculpture promenade, and a festival dining tent. Many artists apply to have a booth at the festival, but only some are selected to attend. Their works for sale range from wearable arts to furniture and home d&eacute;cor to fine art and sculpture. Under the dining tent, local food vendors bring flavors from around the world. Enjoy live music while you dine from The Jazz Divas, The O-Tones, and The Blend. Returning this year is the Silent Art Auction to benefit WGBY/57 public television.</p> <p>The Ashfield Fall Festival also features arts and crafts exhibitors, but with more of a hometown feel. More than 50 exhibitors will line the Main Street in Ashfield. You can also pick up some locally grown and prepared foods, enjoy live music and dance, and participate in fall-themed games, like pumpkin bowling! Although the Ashfield Fall Festival has been around for almost 50 years, the purpose of it is still to celebrate Ashfield, showcase local business, fundraise, and provide opportunity for the town&rsquo;s youth to practice creative, social, and business skills.</p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/ashfield%20fall%20fest.jpeg" style="width: 500px; height: 174px;"></p> <p>For more information on the Paradise City Arts festival go to <a href="https://festivals.paradisecityarts.com/shows/northampton-october-show" target="_blank">https://festivals.paradisecityarts.com/shows/northampton-october-show</a></p> <p>For more information on the Ashfield Fall Festival go to <a href="http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/" target="_blank">http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/</a>.</p> <p>Whatever you do, enjoy the weekend!</p> Recreation Community Ashfield Fall Festival Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass northampton fair Fri, 06 Oct 2017 23:10:04 -0400 The Cummington Fair is This Weekend! Celebrating 149 Years! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/08/24/this-fair-is-almost-150-years-old-and-is-right-in-the-pioneer-valley/ <p>Summer is winding down but there is still plenty of exciting summer events happening in the valley. Thursday, August 24th kicks off the <a href="http://www.cummingtonfair.com" target="_blank">149<sup>th</sup> Cummington Fair</a>, in Cummington, Massachusetts, which will run through Sunday, August 27th. The Fair was initiated in 1883 with the purpose of spreading agricultural knowledge. Today, the Fair holds true to this with a variety of farm-themed events, such as Horse &amp; Ox Draws, various animal showmanships, and judging of livestock.</p> <p>However, that is not all there is to see at the Cummington Fair! Each day there will be a motorized event, like the tractor pull and Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby. Live music will fill the air with country acts such as Jose Duddy and Truck Stop Troubadours. There will be over 50 vendors selling everything from food, to crafts, to agricultural products. Plus, entertainers such as Kenya Acrobats, Christopher the Magician, and Wayne from Maine will perform multiple times throughout the weekend.</p> <p>Whether you are a resident of Cummington, or the Pioneer Valley, or you are travelling from surrounding areas, you won&rsquo;t want to miss this huge event. Purchase your tickets ahead of time at <a href="http://cummingtonfair.com/" target="_blank">cummingtonfair.com</a> to receive a discount and save time waiting in line. Also visit their website for a full listing of events and other information such as directions, parking, and camping. Hope to see you at the Cummington Fair!</p> <p><a href="http://cummingtonfair.com/" target="_blank">www.cummingtonfair.com</a></p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/cummingtonfair%20banner.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 464px;"></p> Recreation Community Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Farm Wanda Mooney Hilltowns Western Mass northampton agriculture fair Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:08:27 -0400 Pioneer Valley Moving Into Seller's Market https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/07/27/pioneer-valley-moving-into-seller-market/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/IMG_2878.JPG.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 229px; float: right;">An article recently published by Mass Live announced that the Pioneer Valley is moving into a &ldquo;seller&rsquo;s market&rdquo;.&nbsp; This means that the real estate market is currently favoring sellers, rather than buyers. The lack of homes for sale puts pressure on buyers to move quickly in their purchasing actions, or else risk losing out on getting the house they wanted.</p> <p>According to the article, sales of single-family homes in June 2017 are fewer than in June 2016, while the median sales price rose. Also, the average number of days a home is on the market for June 2017 has decreased compared to June 2016. Specifically in Franklin County, sales are down 1.3 percent with 75 sales in June 2016 and 74 sales in June 2017 and the median price rose 16.3 percent from $224,000 to $260,500.</p> <p>So what does all this mean for you? In a seller&rsquo;s market, desirable houses sell quickly. If you are pursuing a new home, act in a timely manner. On the other hand, if you have been thinking of putting your home on the market, now is a good time to do so. However, sellers sometimes get overexcited in a seller&rsquo;s market and might ask too high of a price. This leads to their house sitting on the market for too long. Make sure to maintain reason when listing your home.</p> <p>For more advice on how to act in a seller&rsquo;s market of if you are thinking of buying or selling, get in touch with Wanda Mooney at (413) 768-9848 or <a href="mailto:wanda@wandamooney.com">wanda@wandamooney.com</a>.</p> <p>To read the full article on masslive.com <a href="http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2017/07/sellers_market_home_sales_slow_across_pi.html" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/IMG_2766.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 150px; float: left;"></p> Ashfield Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Area Updates Market Statistics Market Statistics Selling Tips sellers buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Buckland Shelburne Falls northampton Greenfield Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:07:14 -0400 It's Western Mass Beer Week! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/06/13/western-mass-beer-week/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/WMBW%20logo.png" style="float: right; width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 10px;"></p> <p>Last Saturday, June 10 was the start of Western Mass Beer Week, a week long celebration of craft beer and those who create it, support it, and love it. Only in its second year, Western Mass Beer Week has over 50 participating breweries, restaurants, venues, and more, covering four counties: Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties. At the core of these events are the values of keeping it local, supporting small businesses, and promoting your neighbor.</p> <p>I encourage you to explore neighboring counties, but there are also many exciting things happening right here in Franklin County this week! All week long, Element Brewing Company &amp; Distillery in Millers Falls is giving away a free Element pint glass with the purchase of a tasting flight and Hope &amp; Olive in Greenfield is featuring The Valley Flight, six 4 oz pours of their favorite local brews. From 5-8 pm daily, Ryan &amp; Casey&#39;s Liquors in Greenfield is offering samplings from various Western Mass craft breweries.</p> <p>Normally only open on Saturdays, Berkshire Brewing Company in South Deerfield will have open tap room hours on Wednesday, June 13, 3-7 pm. Also on Wednesday, The Rendezvous in Turners Falls is throwing a party from 6 to 8 pm&nbsp;for the release of Element&#39;s new IPA brewed just for them, Voo P.A.</p> <p>On Thursday, June 15, The Lady Killigrew is combining two of their favorite things: waterfalls and beer. They will host a relaxing afternoon featuring Brick and Feather&#39;s In Absentia on cask and draft from noon to 4 pm. Then from 6 to 8 pm, Champney&#39;s Restaurant &amp; Tavern in Deerfield will host a "talk &amp; sample" with Hitchcock Brewing Company&#39;s owner and brewer, Rich Pedersen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even the library is getting involved with Western Mass Beer Week! On Thursday, the friends of the Montague Public Libraries and Element Brewing Company will host Booz, Books, and Brews at the Millers Falls Library from 6:30-7:30 pm, where you can learn about the brewing process from the breweries and access books that give more information on brewing.</p> <p>On Friday, June 16, Artisan Beverage Cooperative in Greenfield is having a party in the parking lot from 4-7 pm, with tasting room full pours of mead, kombucha, and libations. Also on Friday, and again on Saturday from 5-11 pm, Margaret Fitzpatrick will serve up some special, creative dishes to be paired with local brews, plus live music at Underdogs Lounge in Shelburne Falls.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out all of the events at <a href="https://westernmassbeerweek.org" target="_blank">westernmassbeerweek.org</a>.</p> <p>Cheers!</p> Recreation Community Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Arts Area Updates Farm Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass northampton agriculture fair Greenfield Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:06:21 -0400 Three County Fair: September 4th - 7th, Northampton MA https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/09/04/three-county-fair-september-4th-7th-northampton-ma/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/2015_poster.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 239px; float: left;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;">3 County Fair County Fair in Northampton&nbsp;</h3> <h4 style="text-align: center;">This weekend September 4th - 7th. &nbsp;Bring the whole family and enjoy the rides, shows, demolition derby, music, demonstrations, barn animals&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.44px; line-height: 1.3;">and lots of fair food! &nbsp;</span></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.threecountyfair.com/fair_schedule.html">Click here</a> for more information and this weekend&#39;s schedule.<br><br></h4> <center>Learn more about Western MA recreation with this <a href="/community/nearby-recreation/"><strong>resource guide</strong></a>. To start browsing homes for sale in the Upper Pioneer Valley, try exploring Wanda&#39;s <a href="/realestate/searchcategories/"><strong>recommended search categories</strong></a>.</center> <p>&nbsp;</p> northampton agriculture fair Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:53:25 -0400